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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Exclusive: Full MNP after two more months as DOT grants extension to Mobile Operators

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has extended the deadline to implement the Full Mobile Number Portability (FMNP) across the country by another two months. The earlier deadline to roll out Full MNP was May 3, 2015.

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As per the latest information from DoT, "The government has decided to extend the date of implementation of the full MNP in the networks by two months." The deadline is extended on the grounds that the operators would require another two months to complete the final detailed testing of hardware and software necessary for rolling out full MNP.

Internal testing by these operators is in advanced stage. The detailed final testing is schedule to commence shortly and is likely to be completed in two months for most of the operators.

COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) had sought extension for implementing nationwide MNP as telecom operators have to make some technical changes to their networks due to changes in National Numbering Plan (NNP) and this could take about 8 weeks.
The DoT has amended NNP asking telecom operators to allow their subscribers to dial on to mobile numbers within the same circle as well as inter circle without any prefix. Calls can also be made using the prefix '0' and/or '+91'.
"Detailed discussions were held with stakeholders to address various technical complexities emerged while implementing the full MNP in the networks," the DoT said.

The DoT had approved the recommendations of TRAI on November 3 last year and the same was to be implemented within a period of six months.


The full MNP will allow subscribers to retain their mobile number in any part of the country even when they change their operator or state. At present, MNP allows subscribers to change mobile network while retaining their number in the same telecom circle.

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